The scenario: You’ve been at your company for a while and your long hours, successful projects, and can-do attitude has made you a standout employee. You take calls even when you’re not at work, answer e-mails on the weekends, and really, you can’t think about anything else except, well, work.
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Perhaps your salary isn’t reflecting how hard you’re working and all you want is a little love from your company in the form of a raise. You know what you have to offer, but your manager doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of upping your wages.
Option 1? Stick it out. Just wait until the end of time and leave the fate of your savings into someone else’s hands.
Option 2? Listen to what these incredible CEOs, company executives, and HR gurus have to say. They’re going to be on the other side of this conversation and to be honest, they want to see you do well. Before you request a one-on-one with your manager, follow these tips for favorable results.
1. Make sure you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing — and then some.
Beth Trier, CEO of Trier and Company, wants to see people succeed. As an empathetic leader, she has her employee’s best interest in mind, so long as they are giving everything they have into their job.
“Have they demonstrated their value by going above and beyond the job description? Have they consistently come to the table with new ideas and creative concepts – both for the clients and for Trier? Have they taken an interest in mentoring another team member? And most importantly, have they demonstrated that they want to be at Trier? If the answers are yes, then the chances of getting a salary increase are close to 100 percent.”
2. You know how wonderful you are, so prove it.
De acordo com Kari Baker, VP Customer Success at Phizzle, keep track of partnerships, company quotas, and/or revenue that you brought in. Hard data is difficult to argue against when it comes to how you’ve benefited the company. To make it easier, Baker recommends keeping a folder called “I am Wonderful”, along with the year, that houses all of the things you’ve done and any other positive accolades.
“Place emails from clients or colleagues that thank you for a job well done, any courses you completed that enhance your job performance, cards received as a thank you, certifications completed, or anything that shows that someone else thinks you did a good job. Create a new file each year for your performance review. This really goes a long way to show that you take your work seriously and do a great job.”
3. Advocate for yourself, but know when too much is too much.
“Have a sense of perspective. I have had very junior or inexperienced employees expect a lot very quickly (raises, promotions, etc). While it’s important that you be your best advocate, it’s also important to express a sense of perspective and humility. Don’t expect a raise in your first year in a particular role, unless that role and its responsibilities have expanded dramatically.”
In the case that your company is a startup or not ready to hand out raises, she recommends an alternative form of payment. Explore stocks, benefits, or performance bonuses when cash compensation doesn’t follow through.
4. Be prepared.
This doesn’t only mean to be prepared to showcase yourself in the best of lights, but it means to be prepared if things don’t go as planned. Sometimes your company can’t give you a raise for whatever reason, and that’s something you have to face. If this whole meeting was not in your favor, be prepared to walk away and find a company that can meet you where you know you stand.